Welcome back to Interestsofajaneaustengirl, Most of January passed by in a flurry of holiday planning, sun, tanning and relaxation at Cape Verde for me. This spring will be busy since quite a few authors have put their names forward to be reviewed and visiting my blog, I will get back to that later on in this blog. Now welcome Heather Moll and her book, “Two More Days at Netherfield.”
Two More Days at Netherfield does focus on the results of unintentional eavesdropping but woven throughout is also Darcy’s desire to act the way that his parents would want him to.
While Jane Bennet is ill at Netherfield, Elizabeth overhears Miss Bingley and the proud Mr Darcy discussing his admiration of Elizabeth, and her ‘fine eyes.’
Not sure what to think of his praise after all of their previous disagreements, Elizabeth teases him for his disparaging remark he made at the Assembly. Suddenly Darcy is forced to reconsider his opinion of the woman who has bewitched him.
The result of this unintended eavesdropping leads to confrontations between our two lovely lead characters; Darcy & Elizabeth, and eventually the beginnings of a friendship. This friendship impacts the courtship of Darcy’s friend Bingley and Elizabeth’s sister, Jane, the jealous temper of Miss Bingley and even the infamous behaviour of Mr Wickham after he arrives in Meryton.
How are the events of the winter affected by the Bennet sisters choosing to spend just two more days at Netherfield?
Review of “Two More Days at Netherfield”;
I thought that Two More Days at Netherfield was both a charming and sweet story, which put the fact that Elizabeth overhears several conversations, which lays the foundation for not only her happiness but also the basis of the most profound friendship between herself and Darcy – their friendship was hard-earned since misunderstandings and misguided notions appeared on both sides – especially did Wickham’s appearance make me curl my toes in both horror and anticipation.
Though I loved it when Elizabeth and Darcy fell in love, it was heartwarming and ever so lovely see a romance unfold from their friendship, even if it was heartbreaking to see them apart, even for a short while. My opinion of the plot changed from page to page, since Darcy’s and Elizabeth’s friendship ranged from bordering on the uncivil, directly to sweet and heartwarming.
But finally, with a satisfied sigh, I could close the book, and deem it as a sweet and a book well worth reading.
Heather Moll knows just how to torment and delight her readers with her variation of Pride and Prejudice and how eavesdropping and two more days could make a difference to the known story of Darcy and Elizabeth.
Hi Guys, so Heather Moll has also been so kind as to let us view a scene which was taken out of the book since other things made more sense to the plot, but that leaves a scene for us to read… So enjoy!
Thank you for welcoming me to Interests of a Jane Austen Girl, Sophia! I’m eager to share Two More Days at Netherfield with your readers. This story focuses on the results of unintentional eavesdropping but woven throughout is also Darcy’s desire to act the way that his parents would want him to. In the original manuscript, the embodiment of that family influence was his uncle Lord Fitzwilliam. In the end, he wasn’t necessary to drive that point home. I was sorry to see such a dynamic character go, but I’m happy that I can share a bit of him here today. In this vignette, Darcy is about to return to Hertfordshire, but his uncle insists on speaking to him first…
Darcy was in his study awaiting his horses when the door was thrown open. He expected Colonel Fitzwilliam but was surprised to see Lord Fitzwilliam stride in. Tall and vigorous for a man older than sixty, he had an authority one could not help but recognise. Darcy quickly rose, but his uncle waved him away and asked if he might sit.
Darcy gestured to the chairs closest to the fire. His uncle stared and Darcy repressed the urge to shift under his scrutiny like an errant school-boy. His lordship finally said, “How unfortunate that some business requires your immediate attention. Cannot you wait a few days?”
“It is not in my power to delay my journey for one hour.”
“My boy, I do not pry into other men’s concerns, I am not my sister, but I fear your secrecy indicates that your business is something you are ashamed of.”
Darcy set his jaw. “I assure you, sir, my inclination for privacy does not indicate any shameful affair.” Despite his professions to the opposite, his uncle was, in his own way, as meddlesome and desirous of being useful as Lady Catherine.
“I am not here to demand your confidence; I daresay my youngest son does that enough. I only came to offer my assistance if you found yourself in an untenable situation.” Lord Fitzwilliam rose, but Darcy stopped him. He could not tolerate to have his uncle think so little of him.
“I am going to Hertfordshire. While I was there in the autumn, I …” he trailed off as he decided how much to confess. “My friend Bingley is to be married next week and I am to stand as his grooms-man.”
Lord Fitzwilliam looked at him shrewdly. “Are you infatuated with the bride?”
“No! I am in—I… admire Miss Bennet’s sister.”
“Her fortune? Her father’s income and connections?”
“She is the second of five daughters of a gentleman whose estate is entailed, with two thousand a year and no relations of note.” It was best he not speak about their behaviour. “Her fortune will yield less per year than the pin money I will give her.” If I am fortunate enough to earn back Elizabeth’s affections.
His lordship took out his pipe. As he lit it and put it to his mouth he said, “You could do so much better.”
“I could do no better than Miss Elizabeth Bennet.”
Lord Fitzwilliam puffed on his pipe for a long moment. “Your world is that of a great estate owner. Will this lady, from such a situation, be a proper helpmeet?”
“I have no doubt on that account, sir.”
“You are resolved to have her?”
“If she will have me. We had a … misunderstanding, but if she can forgive me then I am resolved to act in that manner that will constitute my happiness, without reference to my friends,” he added pointedly.
“I object only to the inequality of your stations. You are not the first man who has chosen a wife with less sense than his family expected.” Lord Fitzwilliam drew on his pipe and exhaled slowly. “I know you will decide for yourself, without any consideration for those who have some right to guide you.” Darcy gave his uncle a piercing glare. “Well, you cannot tell me that the nephew of an earl, an independent, wealthy, well-connected young man intends to marry a poor country nobody and expect me to not be shocked.”
“I do not at all know that she will have me,” he said softly, his eyes on the floor. A silence stretched out and he felt his uncle’s steady gaze.
“Your name is Fitzwilliam Darcy for a reason, so allow me to advise you as I think your parents would wish me to. Your father, benevolent soul that he was, would say any woman who had the good sense to genuinely esteem you would be a suitable match.”
Darcy felt a prick of moisture in his eyes as his throat threatened to close. His uncle continued, “Your mother hoped that you and her niece would be united. I cannot honestly say she would wish for your union had she lived to know the true character of her sister’s child. So, on your mother’s behalf, my dear boy, I ask you to recall the Fitzwilliam motto: appetitus rationi pareat.”
His uncle enunciated each Latin word with a stab of his pipe, gave him a knowing look, and then departed. Let your desires be ruled by reason. After all that had happened, could he rationally believe that when he arrived in Hertfordshire Elizabeth would greet him with civility, let alone affection?
Rational or not, he would not have a moment’s peace until he knew for certain.
GIVEAWAY for COVER REVEAL:
Quills & Quartos Publishing is giving away one e-copy at each blog stop of the Two More Days at Netherfield blog tour. All you need to do to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment on this blog post, and Quills & Quartos will randomly choose one random winner after February 21. So, make sure you join in the conversation!
Author BIO & CONTACT:
Heather Moll is an avid reader of mysteries and biographies with a master’s in information science. She found Jane Austen later than she should have and made up for the lost time by devouring Austen’s letters and unpublished works, joining JASNA, and spending too much time researching the Regency era. She is the author of Two More Days at Netherfield and His Choice of a Wife. She lives with her husband and son and struggles to balance all of the important things, like whether to clean the house or write. Connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, Instagram, and Twitter:
So, guys, that was it for this time around, though I did promise to tell you a bit more of the plans for my blog for the spring, I am to host Sue Barr and her new book, “Georgiana” and again another author in early march, and there is a surprise to come as well, but I will not give you any more clues except to say, keep your eyes on the horizon there is more to come soon 😀
Just a curious question at the end, would anyone like to see the first chapter of a novel I am trying to write?